Walking History

Welcome to the Walking History series, where we explore the history around us by actually walking it. In each episode I visit the site of a famous historic event, discuss its history and describe what it's like to visit there today. Walking History helps bring the past to life, especially if you're too far away to visit for yourself, and provides a powerful perspective that you can't get by just reading through the pages of a history book. Stick around (or jump ahead!) to the end of each episode to listen to what it's like to visit these locations today so you can plan your own trip.

Click below to jump to an episode, or scroll down to check out them all.

March 28, 2021

The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg)

 

In this episode of Walking History we visit The Battle of Antietam, also known as The Battle of Sharpsburg, one of the most consequential battles of the American Civil War and the single bloodiest day in American history. We also take a look at what it’s like to visit this extremely well-preserved battlefield today.  

Feb. 27, 2021
 
Feb. 27, 2021

John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

In this episode of Walking History we talk about John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry, one of the most unique and bewildering events in American history, and one of the main catalysts for the Civil War which would start just a year and a half later. We also take a look at what it’s like to visit this well-traveled historic town today. 

In this episode of Walking History we talk about John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry, one of the most unique and bewildering events in American history, and one of the main catalysts for the Civil War which would start just a year and a half later. We also take a look at what it’s like to visit this well-traveled historic town today. 

 

The First Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas)

Jan. 28, 2021

In this episode of Walking History we talk about the First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the First Battle of Manassas, the first major battle of the Civil War, and what it's like to visit there today. In one afternoon a nation was changed forever, and this landmark event features some of the most unbelievable and absurd stories in US history.

The Battle of Ball's Bluff

 
Jan. 6, 2021

In this episode of Walking History we talk about the Battle of Ball's Bluff, a unique and often overlooked battle early in the Civil War that shook the North and saw the only battlefield death of a sitting Senator in US history, and what it's like to visit the battlefield today.
 

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